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Samsung has announced partnership with MasterCard to bring the Samsung Pay service to Europe. Samsung Pay is the feature that allows users with high-end Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge to make contact-less payments using NFC and MST technologies. According to Samsung, 'Samsung and MasterCard will together roll out Samsung Pay throughout Europe. Card issuers will be able to connect to the MDES (MasterCard Digital Enablement Service) platform and activate the Samsung Pay service upon launch. Cardholders from participating issuers can activate their credit, debit, reloadable prepaid and small business cards in the Samsung Pay service and use their mobile devices to make everyday purchases.' The service was previously announced for South Korea and the US, and will be arriving in those regions later this summer. The service will then be available in Europe some time...



Nvidia has rolled out an update for its Shield gaming-oriented tablet. The new firmware brings the Android version to the latest available 5.1.1 Lollipop. The internal release number is 3.1 and the concise but to the point changelog states that on top of the new OS version the update brings the usual stability and performance improvements and system wide optimizations. More importantly, the firmware includes a fix in the audio department, perhaps addressing a screeching speaker issue, reported by some users while playing certain games. Source |...


It looks like the OnePlus 2 smartphone, which was unveiled just days ago, has generated a lot of interest. A quick look at the its sign-up page reveals that over 1 million people have already requested an invite to purchase the handset. That number is increasing at a pretty fast rate given that around 760,000 people were on the reservation list when we checked a couple of days ago. "In comparison, the original OnePlus device has sold over 1.5ql million units to date, an extraordinary testament to the growth of the brand since its founding December 2013," the Chinese company said. "Following the global success of last year's OnePlus One, the launch of the OnePlus 2 reaffirms the brand's commitment to the highest level of craftsmanship in the industry today." Source |...


According to a latest report from Financial Times, Uber is planning to invest a whopping $1 billion in India with an aim to up its ridership to as much as 1 million per day. The start-up is currently estimated to provide around 200,000 daily rides in the country. In India, Uber currently operates in around 18 cities. To achieve the aforementioned target, the report says, the company will not only have to expand its footprint in the Asian country, but also boost its investment in product, hiring, and payment. It is expected that a major chunk of the investment will be used to further expand the subsidies Uber offers to attract first time passengers and new drivers. The report comes just a few weeks after a court in India revoked a government ban imposed on the online taxi firm that restricted it to operate in the country's capital of New Delhi. Via 1 | Via...


Xiaomi will launch a Windows 10-powered tablet in the ongoing quarter, according to a known Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang. The device will be the successor to the Mi Pad tablet (shown in the image below), which the company unveiled back in May last year. However, there was no word on whether the new tablet will run the standard Windows 10 version or the mobile version, dubbed Windows 10 Mobile. It's worth mentioning that Microsoft recommends the standard edition for tablets with displays larger than or equal to 8-inches. The device could be unveiled on August 16, when the Chinese company traditionally announces the new version of its MIUI user interface. Needless to say, none of this has been officially confirmed by the Xiaomi, so take it with a pinch of...


The next-gen Apple TV, which has been rumoured for quite some time now, will be unveiled in September this year alongside the new iPhones, according to a new Buzzfeed report. As per the report, the device is expected to be powered by the Cupertino-based company's A8 SoC, and feature an improved remote with a touchpad input. It is also said to come with increased storage and Siri on board. In addition to the new Apple TV, the company will also debut a new App Store and an SDK for developers to create apps for the device. Finally, the report also says that the rumored Apple streaming TV service won't be announced alongside the new Apple...


The desktop PC version of Windows 10 has been out since yesterday, but the mobile variation of Microsoft's latest OS is still in the making. Furthermore, we don't even have an exact release date for Windows 10 Mobile yet, so it may take a few months for it to actually surface. In fact, the latest rumors on the matter talk about a November launch. In the meantime, however, you might want to know which Lumia-branded smartphones are going to get the update to Windows 10 first. Microsoft has helpfully published an official list. So, if you own a Lumia Lumia 430, Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, or Lumia 930, you'll be among the first people on the planet to experience the final version of Windows 10 Mobile when it hits. If you have a different Lumia, there's no reason to panic just yet. Microsoft has confirmed that the above are not the only Lumias to get Windows 10, just the first in line for the update. So the new OS should make its way to many more models at some point. In all cases, the update to Windows 10 Mobile will be free. On this occasion, Microsoft has once again promised that all Lumias running Windows Phone 8.1 with the Denim software will eventually get upgraded to Windows 10. Source |...


The update to Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 units sold in either Wi-Fi-only or LTE-capable unlocked form has been out since May. And now AT&T has issued a new software release for its version of this tablet, but here's the thing. This isn't Android 5.0, it's actually Android 5.1.1. Right now that's the absolute latest iteration of Google's mobile operating system. AT&T's Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 thus jumps straight from Android 4.4.2 KitKat (the version it launched with last year) to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is not something that we see happening very often. If you own this device, expect to see the update notification popping up in the following days or weeks. Once that happens, you'll need to download a 926MB file over Wi-Fi, and then patiently wait for it to install. After applying the update, you'll be running build number LMY47X.T537AUCU1BOG5. If you're tired of waiting for that notification, you can always manually check for the update by going to Settings > General > About device > Software update. Source |...




Back in February, Google announced that it would start offering up advertising space in the Play Store's search results on Android. An initial trial run of this new functionality has been in place ever since with a handful of developers. And now Google is opening up the system to all advertisers and developers. This means you're bound to see a lot more such ads starting in the near future. As is obvious from the screenshots above, the paid-for listings look exactly the same as the normal search results when you look for an app in the Play Store. The only thing that's different is that small "Ad" mention, in white text on a yellow background, which can be found immediately to the left of the developer's name for the sponsored app. How well those ads will be tied to the actual search terms you've used remains to be seen, but Google certainly has a lot of experience here from web searches. So perhaps this new ad system has a chance of not being too annoying, and maybe it's even sometimes going to be useful. Source |...



Yesterday was the big launch day for Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system. As promised, updates to the new OS are free if you're coming from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But what if you are on an older iteration, or if you run Linux? Or if you aren't sure if Windows 10 is for you? Well, in that case, you can grab a free 90-day trial of the new OS. That's right, Microsoft is also offering people three months of use of Windows 10 for free. There are caveats here, though. First off, it's the Enterprise edition that you can test drive. This means most of the apps that come with Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro are nowhere to be found. Let's name a few of the ones you'll be missing: Mail, People, Calendar, Photos, and even Cortana. Oh, and you won't even get the Windows app store, so you'll have to get your software the old-fashioned way, by downloading installer files from third parties and then running them. All of this is happening because, as its name implies, Windows 10 Enterprise edition isn't really meant for consumers to use. It's geared at Microsoft's corporate customers - but that doesn't mean you can't try it out yourself. Just be aware of the aforementioned limitations. For detailed installation instructions, make sure you hit the Via link below. Source |...



The Samsung Galaxy J2, an upcoming addition to the company's budget-minded J-series, is nearing, as evidenced by an entry on GFXBench' website. The benchmark listing brings confirmation on a few key specs, and announces the debut of the Exynos 3475 SoC. The chipset features a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and a Mali-T720 GPU, presumably a single-core version. There's a single gig of RAM on board, and the 4.3GB amount in the cell labeled Storage would indicate an 8GB total on the chip, with the difference taken up by the system. Further down the specsheet we can see a 5MP primary camera, which isn't capable of 1080p video recording - a surprise, given that the J1 can do it. On the front you get a basic 1.9MP shooter with video capped at SVGA resolution. We're a little skeptical as to the credibility of this data, our doubts fueled by the comparison to the J1. Another alarm is raised by the display size, which is quoted at 5.7 inches with a 540 x 960 pixels resolution. While the qHD resolution seems likely, a diagonal larger than the 5.5 inches of the Galaxy J7 is hard to believe, and we're left with previous rumors in the 4.5"-4.7" ballpark. Given the contradictions between this present piece of info and previously available GeekBench listing as well as yet another floating rumor, we'd rather wait for some more reliable intel before putting our money on any of the above. Source |...


The Razer Serval game controller is now available for purchase on the Google Store in the US. The controller is priced at $79. The Serval is a Bluetooth controller for Android devices. It is primarily meant for the Razer Forge Android TV system but also works seamlessly with any Android smartphone or tablet. The controller has a holder attachment where you can clip on your smartphone and features a complete array of controls, including two joysticks, D-pad, four ABXY buttons, four shoulder buttons, controls to switch between up to four paired Bluetooth devices, and Android navigation controls. If you want a high quality wireless controller for your Android smartphone or tablet, this could be it. Google...


Launched back in December 2009, Rovio's hugely popular Angry birds has been treated to innumerable spinoffs, but it wasn't until yesterday that a proper sequel was released. And this brand new version comes loaded with time-killing features. Throwing strategy into the mix, you'll now be able to choose which bird from your arsenal to send next, hurtling at the pigs, and it makes it look easier than it actually is. Additionally some levels now have multiple stages, for an extra intense pig-annihilation experience. You also get to fight some bosses now, and Foreman, Chef and King Pigs won't let you pass without breaking a sweat. Adding a twist to ordinary bird slinging, you'll now be able to cast spells on the enemy, useful for when things get tricky and you start pulling your hair after the 140th try at a stage. When the fun in solo play starts dying out, you can head over to the Arena, where you can take part in tournaments and challenge players worldwide. Source 1 Source...


Amazon has announced that it has signed up former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May for an exclusive web series that will release in 2016 on Amazon Prime. The show will go into production soon. Just like Top Gear, this yet to be named show will be based on cars, and will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Willman. Talking about the show Clarkson said, "I feel like I've climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.", possibly referring to the online only nature of the new show as opposed to Top Gear airing only on BBC. Clarkson was fired from Top Gear back in March after he physically attacked the show's producer. After his departure from the show, his co-hosts and friends, Hammond and May, also left the show mid-season, with BBC suspending the show indefinitely. Since then BBC has hired Chris Evans to lead Top Gear but no co-hosts have been selected so far and there is no information on when that show will be back. Meanwhile, fans of the show who have been clamouring to see the trio in action again now have something to look forward to. This is a big win for Amazon, however some people might be miffed as Amazon Prime is not available in many regions even where Amazon...

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